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Publisher's Summary

On a beautiful tropical island in 1598, three men face challenges that test their integrity to its core: zombies, Komodo dragons, and each other.
Inacio, an educated sailor from Portugal who is shipwrecked on Flores Island, believes non-Europeans lack honor and intelligence. Buti, an Indonesian villager, has a well-deserved reputation as a lazy and cowardly drunk. Belly, a cave-dwelling Ebu Gogo, desperately wants to pass his rite of manhood.
The lives and destinies of these men intersect one terrifying day in 1598 when the peace and beauty of Flores is desecrated by zombies from Inacio's ship.
Based on substantial research, this novelette is as historically and ethnographically accurate as possible (like all the author's historical works) except:
(1) The Ebu Gogo (Homo floresiensis) probably died out on Flores Island thousands of years before this story takes place (although local folktales of the Ebu Gogo live on and date them much more recently).
(2) Zombies did not invade Flores Island in 1598. In fact, according to my research, zombies have never invaded Flores Island. If you do not want to ever have to use your zombie invasion plan, you may wish to move to Flores Island. Remember to create a Komodo dragon evasion plan first.
©2014 Shauna Roberts (P)2016 Shauna Roberts
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4 out of 5 stars
By ODed01 on 03-27-18

Wow!

So short but beautifully written .
This book is so not my style but I've enjoyed every moment of it, if I only had a history teacher like this author I'm sure I would have gotten an A all year long.
Excellent performances.
Wish it was longer, but fully recommend this book!!!

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4 out of 5 stars
By jstep on 03-27-18

Unique tale based in truth

The Measure of a Man by Shauna Roberts was an interesting listen and I have mixed feelings about it. For a novelette with a running time of just over an hour and a half, it's a quick listen so the characters aren't too deep, which is to be expected. That being said, I did identify with the historically accurate aspect of the story, including the "zombies" that were being referred to. I also appreciated the folklore that was intertwined within the story. That being said, I just didn't love the story. I found it a little rushed and I can't quite put my finger on what exactly else I didn't love about it. That being said, the other reviews on here clearly show that people seem to really enjoy it or really don't. If the novelette sounds intriguing, I'd say give it a shot, regardless! Everyone has different tastes and no author will have every single person loving their works.

Justin James did a good job narrating this novelette. He was easy to understand and had a good cadence. He also read with emotion as needed. His character voices were different enough so that, joined with each characters unique way of talking, made it easy to understand which of the three main characters was talking at any given point in the story. I I was voluntarily provided this free review copy audiobook by the author, narrator, or publisher for an honest review.

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